Toronto, Ontario – July 13, 2011 The Unison Benevolent Fund is pleased to announce that it is well on its way to becoming fully operational. With generous donations of $250,000 from both Music Canada (formerly CRIA), and Slaight Music, Unison is on target to achieve their $1M funding goal, which is the benchmark set for the organization to become operational.
The Unison Benevolent Fund is an assistance and referral program – created and administered for the music industry, by the music industry. Unison is designed to provide discreet relief to music industry personnel in times of personal hardship and crisis. The first two priorities for Unison are the Emergency Relief Fund and the creation of a counseling service, similar to the Employee Assistance Programs often available to staff of larger organizations. Details on the launch of these services will be announced soon.
“On behalf of Music Canada, an organization representing the major record labels in Canada, namely EMI Music Canada, Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada, I’m proud to be able to help Unison get off to a viable start,” said Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada (formerly known as the Canadian Recording Industry Association). “With today’s announcement comes a unique opportunity for the entire industry to work hand in hand for the benefit of all workers in the music community.”
These generous donations were presented today to Unison founding members Jodie Ferneyhough and Catharine Saxberg by Gary Slaight and Derrick Ross representing Slaight Music and Steve Kane, Randy Lennox, Shane Carter and Deane Cameron, Graham Henderson representing Music Canada. Additionally, Music Canada has pledged $80,000 to assist with Unison’s operational costs.
Those who are interested in: learning more about the Unison Benevolent Fund, making a donation, finding out how to help the cause, or accessing Unison’s services are encouraged to visit www.unisonfund.ca and register. Although registration is not required for services, it will expedite the process should an emergency funding request be made, and will also allow Unison to keep registrants up to date on discounts and benefits on offer.